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September 10, 2015

Samsung smartens UK homes with £199 SmartThings Hub

Smart home solution allows for real-time control and sends out alerts for intrusion, fire or other home emergencies.

By Joao Lima

Samsung has today launched its smart IoT SmartThings home range in the UK, with the product range designed to monitor, control, secure and connect the home.

The company’s Starter Kit, Hub and sensors are available to purchase on Samsung’s website as well as in high street retailers.

The South Korean firm added that the £199 SmartThings Starter Kit contains a SmartThings Hub to connect with smart sensors, lights, locks, cameras and other devices.

The Hub includes a Multi Sensor to monitor whether doors, windows, drawers or the garage are open or closed and a Motion Sensor to monitor movement in the home.

It also features a Presence Sensor to know when people, pets and cars arrive or leave the home, and a Power Outlet to control lights, electronics and small appliances.

The Hub works with other Samsung devices and accessories from makers like Bose, Philips, Honeywell, Yale, LIFX and Aeon.

The device has a battery backup that lasts up to ten hours, and a local app engine for optimised performance and the ability to operate without an internet connection.

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Samsung has also unveiled the Smart Home Monitor (SHM), a livestream that can be accessed at any time, but video is only captured and stored when an unexpected event, such as motion by the front door, is detected through the Hub’s video monitoring capability.

The company added that the SHM provides unified access and control against intrusion, smoke and fire, leaks, floods and other household issues by delivering real-time text alerts and video clip notifications from multiple cameras to the user’s phone or selected contacts via the SmartThings app.

Samsung’s SmartThings Starter Kit can be purchased as a whole set, but consumers can also acquire each element individually.

Samsung acquired SmartThings in April last year and has said 2015 is the beginning of the IoT era.

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